Preseason: So far so good for Bruins' youngsters, who went 2-1 at exhibition tournament in Everett
Marc Weber, The Province
Published: Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Four games remain in the Chilliwack Bruins' preseason schedule.
This weekend, they play the Kamloops Blazers in a home-and-home (Saturday at Prospera Centre, 7 p.m.) and things wrap up with a home-and-home against the Vancouver Giants next weekend.
Chilliwack took part in the Everett Silvertips tournament last weekend, beating the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 and Everett 3-2, while losing 5-3 to the Tri-City Americans.
Surrey's Kevin Sundher, the seventh overall pick in the WHL's 2007 bantam draft, scored a third-period, natural hat trick in Chilliwack's win over Seattle.
Bruins general manager Darrell May was in no rush to trim down the roster, saying Monday he and the coaching staff wanted to take a longer look at several young players.
"Some young guys are playing well and we want to give them every opportunity here," he said. "Oscar [Moller] and Mero [forward Matt Meropoulis] are heading off to NHL camps and it's going to open up an opportunity for some guys to show what they can do."
Moller leaves for L.A. Kings camp on Sept. 8 and Meropoulis will get a look from the New York Rangers, whose GM, Glen Sather, is also part-owner of the Bruins.
May said he'll eventually trim the roster to 24.
The Bruins did send their 15-year-olds home Monday, a group that included eighth-overall bantam draft pick Mitch Topping, a defenceman from Red Deer, Alta. Topping was perhaps the most pleasant surprise at training camp.
"He's been great," raved May, also noting the play of goalie Cole Holowenko. "[Mitch] doesn't look out of place at all. He can skate and bang at this level right away and we'll have him up as much as possible."
Fifteen-year-olds can play five games in the WHL and join the big club once their midget season is over.
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